Wednesday, December 15, 2010

On-going Saga

Yep, we've got an on-going saga 'round here.  It's been a few months now and still no resolution.  Let me fill you in.  Do y'all remember Mad Dog?


When he was a weanlin', we had to rope, tie and drag him into the trailer to get him out of the pasture.  Not the sweetest bull calf around.

So we put him with the other weanling bull calves on a lease pasture with the rent-a-husband's weanling bulls. We had decided to share the lease with him cause it was really good grass.  Plus we needed some place to put the young bulls for about a year.  BUT, the lease is over two hours away from the house.  Not convenient to check.  Rent-a-husband checked on them for us many times.  A few months back, when he went over, there was one missing....you guessed it....Mad Dog.

The husband started calling the neighbors.  No one had seen him.  We got in touch with everyone but one.  The husband left him many messages on many numbers.  No return call.  Several weeks passed.  Husband tried again and FINALLY spoke to the man.  He said Mad Dog was on his place with his cows.  He'd been there for awhile.  He thought he belonged to another neighbor but hadn't bothered to ask around or call anyone.  Okay...  The husband told him he had been leaving messages for him.  He stated he never got any. Okay...The husband asked if he could make arrangements to pick him up.  The man said yes.  Then he asked what place the bull came from.  The husband told him who we were leasing from.  The man's tone changed immediately.  He did not like the land owner.  He told the husband he would be there Tuesday morning and he could pick him up then.  The husband asked the man if he could make other arrangements for the weekend cause he works during the week.  Husband may not be able to find anyone to go get him then....The man hung up on the husband!

So we couldn't find anyone to go get him that Tuesday.  The husband has tried calling the man over and over and over.  He won't answer his phone or return any calls.  The husband brought all the other bulls from the lease home.  While over there, he spoke to another neighbor.  He told husband to call another landowner.  He thought he had a gate into the butthead neighbor's place.  We could just go thru his gate and into the man's pasture.

We had come to the idea that we were going to get the Sheriff involved since the man wouldn't return our calls.  We would tell the Sheriff we were going onto his land and getting our bull.  Mad Dog is branded thankfully.  And I have pictures of him to prove he is our's.  Thing is, you can't just go load Mad Dog up.  We will most likely have to dart him. (So we weren't real worried that the man would load him up and take him to the sale barn or something.  Cause he would be way too hard to catch. The only plus about it being Mad Dog that was out.)


THEN the husband spoke with the neighbor that has a gate into mean neighbor's pasture.  This neighbor said he had been trying to get in touch with butthead neighbor too.  He won't return his calls either!  So he said he would try to get the bull in his pasture.  He was needing a bull to breed his cows.  The husband told him if he could get the bull over, he could use him as long as he needed.  The husband said he was really nice.  He's gonna call this weekend to let us know if he was able to get Mad Dog.  Fingers crossed he can get him into his pasture.

I'm just wondering what happened to being neighborly.  Some people still have it but some never had it!

15 comments:

oneoldcowgirl said...

My husband read that over my shoulder looked at the picture of him gnawing on the pipe and says: "And somebody is going to ride him someday?" :-)

Sorry to hear about your butthead neighbors but we had a bull go missing and I really think the neigbors shot him. I guess they reckoned he was kind of like a dog chasing the neighbors cows. But we'll never know for sure. Still, hard for 2500 pounds of stark white meanness to disappear without a trace.

fernvalley01 said...

Some neighbors are just the kind you want and others the kind you wouldn't want anywhere near. We had one who let our renters bull in with his herd ,never called then tried to charge $200 for feed and grain. Sadly for him ,I then became the kind of neighbor you don't want to know when I went over and picked up this skinny bugger and offered to advise the SPCA and police of his behavior.

Paige said...

well that is a hell of a thing.

People suck

Sydney_bitless said...

Ugh stupid buttheads. I hope something is done. What a Jerk. Good thing hes such a stinker to be caught.

Shirley said...

It's a bad deal when people let their personal issues get in the way of doing what is right. Hope it all works out.

lisa said...

What an S.O.B.! Hope the good neighbor gets Mad Dog!

the Goodwife said...

Well good gracious! What an ass! I hope the lure of "fresh meat" ie new ladies will attract Mad Dog to the nice neighbor's pasture! Can't wait to hear how this one works out!

Gail said...

Could be the man got so mad, he stroked out! Laying on the floor, waiting for someone to check on him...being a good neighbor does have some benefits.

May Mad Dog enjoy his new harem and go peacefully into the trailer when it is time.

Last bull we loaded, we let some cows in first and the bull ambled in behind, then we worked the cows out.

Good luck and here's to happy endings...

Nicole said...

I know there are people who don't like people... but OMG that's ridiculous that the neighbor wouldn't talk to the Husband b/c he's leasing the land from a guy he doesn't like. WOW!

LindaG said...

Some people never had manners. So true. :/
Hope things go well for the good neighbor!

Merry Christmas to you all! :)

threecollie said...

Dang, that is just awful! A neighbor stole the boss's heifers back when he was a kid and he never could prove that he owned them even though he could see them right there in the barnyard. No brands here, just eartags. I sure hope you get him back all right.

Linda said...

This just sucks. I'm glad, for the most part, our nieghbours are good......but then most of them live across the river from us so we don't have to deal with them much;)))

~The South Dakota Cowgirl~ said...

What a mess! Sorry you have to deal with that. We have mostly good neighbors around us. I hope you get it resolved!

the cubicle's backporch said...

Wow- that's crazy. I can't stand people who are like that. At least you aren't his neighbor!!

I'm glad you at least seem to have an ally with one of the a-hole's neighbors. And that seems like a nice compromise for him to get your bull back and be able to use him as long as he needs.

Keep us updated on this though, I want to see how it turns out!!

MilkMaid09 said...

Wow, there are some people that I don't care to be overly-friendly with, but I'm at least cordial and do what's right!
Sheesh. We've had butthead neighbors too - shooting our milk cows with blowdarts, chasing them through the pastures (and fences) with those para-glider things (the ones that look like go-carts w/ wings). . . I wonder what goes through peoples' heads sometimes . . .